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New item for checkout – Mobile WiFi Hotspots

Want to stream the big game but the power is out?  Can’t get Wi-Fi service on vacation? Using up too much of your data plan while on the road?  The Kingston Public Library has the solution – mobile Wi-Fi hotspots.

Kingston’s “library of things” continues to expand with more items you may not expect to find at a library.  In addition to a great selection of board games and launch pads – easy to use preloaded tablets – the Kingston Public Library now offers card holders the chance to check out mobile Wi-Fi hotspots.  Hotspots are ideal for staying connected during vacations, road trips, long commutes, power outages and more.

With over eight hours of battery life and support for up to ten devices at 4G speeds, your friends and family can stay connected too. Whether it’s your laptop, tablet, phone, or gaming console, mobile Wi-Fi hotspots will help keep you and your family connected – and keep your data usage down – no matter where you go.

For more information on mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, or to explore our other collections, contact the library at 781-585-0517 or visit www.kingstonpubliclibrary.org.

A New Way to Check Out! – meeScan

MeeScan is a self-checkout service that works by utilizing your smartphone or tablet’s mobile technology along with the library’s WiFi network.  Unlike conventional self-checkout stations, with meeScan, library patrons can check-out their items from anywhere in the library using their smartphone or tablet.

Available for download on iOS, Android, and Blackberry platforms, meeScan is user friendly and simple to set up.  There’s no need to wait in line at the circulation desk – patrons can check out items in the privacy of their own devices, on their own time, from anywhere in the library.  In addition to a quicker, simpler, and more private check-out experience, meeScan will help you keep track of your checkouts and stay green by sending you an email receipt for every transaction.

To find out more about meeScan, visit meescan.com or stop by the Kingston Public Library to see how it works in person!

Libraries AND online booksellers

You might have seen that article last July in Forbes, which breezily suggested that libraries are obsolete in the brave new world of Amazon. Or, maybe you missed it because the large and furious backlash quickly prompted the magazine to pull the article.

To follow up on the story, and the story after that story, the library group OCLC conducted a study with an Ohio public library to find out how their patrons use libraries and Amazon.  This blog post details the research, making the

quantitative argument that libraries are not just important to the people who use library services, but to the businesses in adjacent spaces.

Have a look! 

 

 

Changes to eBook and eAudiobook Collection

On July 1st, we’re introducing a change to our eBook and eAudiobook collection that we’re pretty excited about. We have offered eBooks and eAudiobooks on a number of platforms in recent years. On July 1st, we’ll be streamlining those services a bit and building up the services that work best for Kingston library users.

Axis 360 will be discontinued, but you will find even more books and video on Overdrive and Hoopla in the coming months. Of course, you can continue to stream and download digital music from Hoopla.

We’re excited about making things a little simpler for you!  And remember, we can also help you find digital research resources. If you want help with any of this, drop in to see us or give us a call at 781-831-6272.

For additional information, visit the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Website.

Thank you, Kingston!

At the June 26th Town Meeting, residents voted to appropriate funds to create a plan for protecting and updating the library building.

A working group has been formed to oversee this project, and we’re excited to get to work. We’ll keep you updated on this page, through our newsletter, and through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Read on for an outline of what the project will do.

As you know, last December Kingston voters decided not to build a new library. In the months since then, library trustees and staff have held many discussions with town officials and residents about how to make the best, most efficient use of the building we have, and solve ongoing issues with an aging building designed for a smaller town and an earlier era.

We listened to the voters, we are considering all the suggestions that people have made — including some very creative ideas from our talented town officials and residents — and we’re ready to move forward.

To do that, we will need the help of an architect and engineers to turn those great ideas into a detailed, workable plan for the building. One of the articles on the June 26th Town Meeting warrant is a request for funds to create plans, drawings, and cost estimates — a practical plan to protect and update this aging municipal building, built in 1971 and remodeled as a library in 1994, and create a modern library Kingston can be proud of.

Boston Bruins PJ Drive Logo

Boston Bruins 11th annual PJ Drive – 101 Pairs Collected!

Thank you to all who donated!  We collected a total of 101 pairs of PJs!  A special thank you to the staff and parents at Crayon College in Kingston and Plymouth for their generous donations!

Over the last 11 years, the Boston Bruins PJ Drive has raised thousands of dollars, and given thousands of PJs to families in need. This year, with a goal of 15,000 new PJs, the drive is poised once again to help thousands of children across the state. To reach this goal, the help of all communities in Massachusetts is needed.  In years past Kingston residents have shown their kindness by contributing generously to this drive.  With the help and support of Kingston residents, thousands of children across Massachusetts can have access to a warm set of PJs, something no kid should be without.